I am right now in a peculiar place. The world I used to see through my eyes isn't the same anymore; Regardless of how hard I try. Reading CNN world news recently has just made me mighty sad. Either it is series of gang rapes in my home country, India or the use of chemical weapons in Syria; All in all, where has the humanity, decency and compassion gone? In India, we have been repeatedly told by our aged relatives that a girl/woman always needs a man's protection to stay safe. This is one of the main reasons to beget a son. "How will you go out alone in the dark in case of an emergency?" , they ask. Well, in most gang rape cases, be in Anjana case (Bubhaneshwar), Delhi case or Mumbai case (the most recent one). There was a male escort with the victim in all the above three famous cases who was either tied down or assaulted. So what is the use of begetting boys if a women's fate is not to change? Unless, someone gives us the recipe to beget a superman. Well, here in the united states, some find it funny to bully babies and toddlers in the internet. And not to forget, the bullies are not kids, but the caregivers of the toddlers in question. Well, how does one have the heart to poke fun of a two year old on his teeth or inability to speak? If one is not cut out for taking care of kids, why opt for such a job? Where is your decency and compassion gone? Syria is bombing its own people with chemical weapons. Who is the government going to rule once it is done with the war? We are sure that Syrians will be deceased or impaired for generations. Where is common sense and brotherhood gone?
After a lot of emotional upheaval this month, I decided to make my life a little better by buying organic, recycling better, taking care of Amo and preparing him for school (yep, it is time already!) and doing a lot of creative stuff. I also crocheted a vest and sweater wrap for a my friend's daughter who is ready to come in to the world anytime.
We reused straws, milk jar lids and Nutella jars at home to make home made toys. The above toy is awesome to improve a baby's motor skills. We have also been doing loads of reading lately and his favorite book of the week is Do Touch! Don't Touch. He looks at the stove and says, "oooooo" imitating hot.
We also have started on peg puzzles by Melisa and Doug. Amo is not quite there when he has to place them back; Although, he can match the puzzles correctly.Yes, it is school time! We are getting up early and getting ready real quick! He loves to carry his school tote on his shoulder and walks to his class holding my hand. I embroidered his name and some of his favorite things on his tote. Initial days to school can be emotionally draining both for the parent and the child. I know both of us are feeling anxious. Personally, it has been quite a challenge. I feel a perpetual need to protect him, correct him and instruct him. But alas! With a heavy heart, I realize that he needs to fight his own battles and realizes when he is wrong without his mother correcting him. I need to make him independent by mellowing down my motherly instincts. I sometimes feel like curling under the bed, waiting for my mother to rescue me; just like when I was kid.
For this Krishna Janmashtami, I made thenkuzhal (my moms recipe...I made fun patterns ) and
Now as things have been quite busy, my MIL gave me this awesomely easy yet nutritious dinner/ breakfast recipe that usually takes a long time to make the traditional way. The recipe is called Upma Kozgukattai- Seasoned steamed rice balls :). The extra ingredient you might need to buy is the ready made Puttu flour from the Indian grocery store. Puttu is a famous Kerala breakfast dish.
1 cup of ready made puttu flour (find then in Indian grocery stores)
2 cup of water
1/4 cup of grated carrots and peas
3-4 red chillies
1 tsp of mustard sees
1 tsp of urad dal
1 sprig of curry leaves
2 tbspns of oil
pinch of asafoetida/hing
salt to taste
1. Heat oil in a kadai. Add the mustard seeds and wait until they start to crackle. Add the urad dal, curry leaves. hing and red chillies.
2. Add the veggies and saute for about a minute.
3. Add salt and water. Let it come to boil.
4. Reduce the flame to low. Add the puttu flour slowly and mix without any lumps being formed.
5.Cool for 15 mins. Dab some water on your palm and make golf sized balls.
6. Steam in pressure/idli cooker for 20 mins in medium-low flame.
7. Cool for 15 mins and then serve warm with chutney.